Energy Drinks: What Parents and Pediatricians Need to Know
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Earlier this year, we talked with Brooke Bokor, MD, MPH, about ingredients in energy drinks. The drinks are actively marketed to young adults, so we wanted to learn more about the impact of these drinks on adolescents.
Dr. Bokor, a physician in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Children's National, says many patients, parents, and pediatricians are unaware of the drinks’ harmful effects on young consumers. When mixed with alcohol, energy drinks create “a wide-awake drunk” state, which can cause serious problems.
Dr.Bokor says doctors are treating more and more patients for problems associated with these caffeine-laden products including an irregular heartbeat, myocardial infarctions and sleep problems.
Watch Dr. Bokor explain more about the effects of energy drinks. Parents, do you allow your children to drink energy drinks?
About the Expert
Brooke BokorAdolescent Medicine Specialist
Brooke Bokor, MD, MPH, is a double board-certified Assistant Professor in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Children's National Health System. Her practice at the Sheikh Zayed Campus for Advanced Children's Medicine focuses on primary and consultative care for adolescents ages 12-21, as well as inpatient care.